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REFERS TO “NEW INVESTIGATION”
by Sharon Rondeau
(May 18, 2019) — At approximately the 33:39 mark in the first part of a May 14, 2019 interview with radio host Mark Steyn, former Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos states that he believes the CIA, FBI and British intelligence service MI6 might have been conducting “counterintelligence” operations on 2016 Republican primary candidates other than Donald Trump.
The interview, which lasts just under 52 minutes, covers Papadopoulos’s work at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC and decision to go to London, where he was was offered a position at the London Centre of International Law Practice.
The organization’s website as of this writing appears to be offline.
It was there, Papadopoulos told Steyn and wrote in his book, “Deep State Target,” that once he became a volunteer foreign-policy advisor to the Trump campaign in March 2016, diplomats from Australia, Italy and UK began seeking him out and making high-level introductions.
Just before making the revelation, Papadopoulos detailed his introduction by then-Italian Foreign Minister Vincenzo Scotti to Maltese Professor Joseph Mifsud, who he was told at the time had considerable ties to Russian-government officials.
Papadopoulos had suggested to Trump campaign officials that he might be able to arrange a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, although it ultimately did not take place. Mifsud, however, reportedly pledged to introduce Papadopoulos to key Russian officials and claimed, Papadopoulos later said falsely, to have introduced him to “Putin’s niece.”
Papadopoulos now believes that Mifsud is a Western intelligence asset tasked with imparting information in order to “entrap” him.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s much-anticipated report, released to the public on April 18 with some redactions, claims that Mifsud was connected to Russia, but as Steyn noted earlier in the interview, Mifsud has been photographed with such Western figures as former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
Papadopoulos met Mifsud at Link Campus, which he discovered later appeared to be a training center for intelligence agents worldwide and of which Scotti is now president.
The day Mueller’s report was released, the Italian newspaper Il Foglio reported that “One of the key turning points in the investigation happened in Italy. It is no coincidence that US Senator Lindsay Graham, one of Trump’s closest allies and one of the leading critics of Mueller’s investigation, has been visiting Rome over the last few days. There are many unanswered questions, one of the most important being: where is Joseph Mifsud? Il Foglio does not know, but it can reveal where he hid for seven months after disappearing: in Rome, in a rented flat paid by Link Campus University.”
Papadopoulos described Mifsud’s claim to him that Russia had “Hillary Clinton’s emails” as a “dangle operation,” which caused Steyn to comment, “I take it until this happened to you, you didn’t know all these spy terms.”
“This is April 2016; we have no idea that there’s an active counterintelligence investigation, that the CIA, MI6, FBI are zeroing in on Trump and likely other Republican candidates as it was happening, and I’m pretty sure that’s all going to be revealed as we move forward in the new investigation.”
Over the course of the interview, Papadopoulos made several other references to items he believes are under investigation in connection with the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into the Trump operation.